Wright’s Natural Market Reminds Residents, “You have a Right to Know What’s in Your Food”
During 8th Annual Non-GMO Month

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (October 10, 2017) –  This October, Wright’s Natural Market (6630 US Hwy 19, New Port Richey) will join 13,000 participating grocery retailers across North America in the eighth annual Non-GMO Month. Created by the Non-GMO Project, this month-long celebration spotlights shoppers’ rights to choose food and products that do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As part of the celebration, Wright’s will be hosting a benefit sale on Wednesday, October 25 and will be donating 5% of the entire day’s sales to the Non-GMO Project. The first 50 shoppers to spend $45 or more will receive a free Non-GMO project reusable grocery tote. Guests will also enjoy special sales and a variety of free Non-GMO food samples available throughout the day.

“Our team talks to shoppers every day, and what we are hearing is that people are increasingly worried about the spread of GMOs in our food supply. With GMOs present in as much as 80% percent of conventional packaged foods, we are more committed than ever to helping our customers find safe, healthy non-GMO choices,” says store Co-Owner, Jeff Wright. “We believe that everyone has the right to know what’s in their food, and we will be celebrating that right throughout Non-GMO Month this October.” During Non-GMO Month, Wright’s Natural Market will help shoppers identify Non-GMO Project Verified choices with displays and educational materials.

The non-GMO category is one of the fastest growing sectors in grocery; with 83 percent of “healthy consumers” seeking out non-GMO products and 57 percent saying non-GMO is key to brand buying. This growing awareness is sparking a major change in the industry. Large brands including Dannon are sharing their decision to go non-GMO, retailers are announcing their non-GMO purchasing policies; an increasing number of large-scale, multi-location conventional retail chains getting on board, and more food service companies are inquiring about verification. To date, there are more than 43,600 Non-GMO Project Verified products from more than 3,100 different brands, with annual sales of these products topping $22.9 billion.

Public concern about GMOs is rising as studies increasingly raise doubts about the long-term safety and environmental impact of these experimental technologies. More than 60 countries around the world – including Australia, Russia, China, and all the countries in the European Union – require GMOs to be labeled. Globally, there are also 300 regions with outright bans on growing GMOs.

Ninety-two percent of shoppers in the US favor mandatory GMO labeling, and eighty-eight percent say they want GMO labels printed directly on product packaging rather than a scannable barcode.

“The right to know what we’re eating and feeding our families is so basic,” says Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the nonprofit Non-GMO Project. “North Americans deserve the same freedom to avoid experimental GMO foods as people in other countries.”

Wright’s Nutrients began 23 years ago by owners Jeff and Kathy Wright as a supplement store. In the years since then, the organization has grown to meet the needs of their customers by adding a full organic market in addition to the wide selection of health supplements. Both owners are Certified Nutritionists and Supplement Specialists, other staff members are Certified Herbalists and participate in ongoing training. Wright’s is a full-service natural market that promises customers a “worry-free” shopping experience for those concerned with avoiding chemical additives and preservatives, artificial colors and sweeteners, antibiotics, growth hormones, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial fats, and trans-fats. Many products are also certified Organic, Non-GMO, Fair Trade, Vegan, Gluten-Free, or Cruelty-Free.

Store hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please visit WrightsNaturalMarket.com or find us on Facebook for more information.

The Non-GMO Project is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices. They believe that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether to consume genetically modified organisms.

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